21.12.2006   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 365/78


COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1916/2006

of 18 December 2006

opening and providing for the management of Community tariff quotas for certain fish and fishery products originating in Albania

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1616/2006 of 23 October 2006 on certain procedures for applying the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Albania, of the other part, and for applying the Interim Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Albania (1), and in particular Article 2 thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

A Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Albania, of the other part (2), hereinafter referred to as ‘the Stabilisation and Association Agreement’, was signed in Luxembourg on 12 June 2006. The Stabilisation and Association Agreement is in the process of ratification.

(2)

On 12 June 2006 the Council concluded an Interim Agreement on trade and trade-related matters between the European Community, of the one part, and the Republic of Albania, of the other part (3), hereinafter referred to as ‘the Interim Agreement’. The objective of the Interim Agreement is to implement as speedily as possible the trade and trade-related provisions of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement. The Interim Agreement will enter into force on 1 December 2006.

(3)

In the Stabilisation and Association Agreement and the Interim Agreement it has been provided that certain fish and fishery products originating in Albania may be imported into the Community, within the limits of Community tariff quotas, at a reduced or a zero-rate customs duty.

(4)

The Community tariff quotas provided for in the Stabilisation and Association Agreement and in the Interim Agreement are annual and cover an indeterminate period. It is appropriate to provide the opening and the management of those tariff quotas.

(5)

It is necessary to provide, in accordance with Article 308a of Commission Regulation (EEC) No 2454/93 laying down provisions for the implementation of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92 establishing the Community Customs Code (4), that the management system for tariff quotas laid down in Regulation (EEC) No 2454/93 is to be applied.

(6)

Member States should ensure that all Community importers have equal and continuous access to the tariff quotas and that the rates laid down for the quotas are applied uninterruptedly to all imports of the products concerned into all Member States until the quotas are exhausted. To ensure the efficiency of the common management of these quotas, Member States should be able to draw from the quota volumes the necessary quantities corresponding to actual imports. Management should take place in close cooperation between the Member States and the Commission. The latter should be able to monitor the rate at which the quotas are used up and to inform the Member States accordingly. For reasons of speed and efficiency, communication between the Member States and the Commission should, as far as possible, be transmitted electronically.

(7)

In accordance with the Stabilisation and Association Agreement and the Interim Agreement, the quota volumes for the year 2006 should be fixed on the full amount of the basic quota volumes set out in Annex III to those Agreements.

(8)

This Regulation should apply on the date of entry into force of the Interim Agreement and should remain in application after the entry into force of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement.

(9)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Customs Code Committee,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

1.   Products originating in Albania and listed in the Annex which are released for free circulation in the Community shall benefit from a reduced or a zero-rate customs duty, at the levels and within the limits of the annual Community tariff quotas specified in that Annex.

Those products shall be accompanied by proof of origin as provided for in Protocol No 4 to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement and to the Interim Agreement.

2.   Each Member State shall ensure that importers of the products referred to in paragraph 1 have equal and uninterrupted access to the tariff quotas as long as the balance of the relevant quota volume so permits.

Article 2

1   The tariff quotas referred to in Article 1 shall be managed by the Commission in accordance with Articles 308a, 308b and 308c of Regulation (EEC) No 2454/93.

2   Communications relating to the management of tariff quotas between the Member States and the Commission shall be transmitted as far as possible, electronically.

Article 3

1.   The individual tariff quota volume for prepared or preserved anchovies referred to in the Annex under order No 09.1505 may be increased every year and for the first time for 2007 until the yearly volume of the quota has reached 1 600 tonnes or the parties agree to apply other arrangements.

2.   The annual increase referred to in paragraph 1 may be applied only if at least 80 % of the volume opened within the previous year has been used.

Article 4

This Regulation shall enter into force on the third day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It shall apply from 1 December 2006.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 18 December 2006.

For the Commission

László KOVÁCS

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 300, 31.10.2006, p. 1.

(2)  Not yet published in the Official Journal.

(3)  OJ L 239, 1.9.2006, p. 1.

(4)  OJ L 253, 11.10.1993, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 402/2006 (OJ L 70, 9.3.2006, p. 35).


ANNEX

Notwithstanding the rules for the interpretation of the Combined Nomenclature, the wording for the description of the products is to be considered as having no more than an indicative value, the preferential scheme being determined, within the context of this Annex, by the coverage of CN codes. Where ex CN codes are indicated, the preferential scheme is to be determined by application of the CN code and corresponding description taken together.

FISH AND FISHERY PRODUCTS

Order No

CN Code

TARIC subdivision

Description

Quota volume

Rate of duty

09.1500

0301 91 10

 

Trout (Salmo trutta, Oncorhynchus mykiss, Oncorhynchus clarki, Oncorhynchus aguabonita, Oncorhynchus gilae, Oncorhynchus apache and Onchorhynchus chrysogaster): live; fresh or chilled; frozen; dried, salted or in brine, smoked; fillets and other fish meat; flours, meals and pellets, fit for human consumption

From 1 December 2006 to 31 December 2006: 50 tonnes

from 1 January to 31 December 2007 and for every year thereafter: 50 tonnes

Free

0301 91 90

 

0302 11 10

 

0302 11 20

 

0302 11 80

 

0303 21 10

 

0303 21 20

 

0303 21 80

 

0304 10 15

 

0304 10 17

 

ex 0304 10 19

40

ex 0304 10 91

10

0304 20 15

 

0304 20 17

 

ex 0304 20 19

50

ex 0304 90 10

11, 17, 40

ex 0305 10 00

10

ex 0305 30 90

50

0305 49 45

 

ex 0305 59 80

61

ex 0305 69 80

61

09.1501

0301 93 00

 

Carp: live; fresh or chilled; frozen; dried, salted or in brine, smoked; fillets and other fish meat; flours, meals and pellets, fit for human consumption

From 1 December 2006 to 31 December 2006: 20 tonnes

from 1 January to 31 December 2007 and for every year thereafter: 20 tonnes

Free

0302 69 11

 

0303 79 11

 

ex 0304 10 19

30

ex 0304 10 91

20

ex 0304 20 19

40

ex 0304 90 10

16

ex 0305 10 00

20

ex 0305 30 90

60

ex 0305 49 80

30

ex 0305 59 80

63

ex 0305 69 80

63

09.1502

ex 0301 99 90

80

Sea bream (Dentex dentex and Pagellus spp.): live; fresh or chilled; frozen; dried, salted or in brine, smoked; fillets and other fish meat; flours, meals and pellets, fit for human consumption

From 1 December 2006 to 31 December 2006: 20 tonnes

from 1 January to 31 December 2007 and for every year thereafter: 20 tonnes

Free

0302 69 61

 

0303 79 71

 

ex 0304 10 38

80

ex 0304 10 98

77

ex 0304 20 94

50

ex 0304 90 97

82

ex 0305 10 00

30

ex 0305 30 90

70

ex 0305 49 80

40

ex 0305 59 80

65

ex 0305 69 80

65

09.1503

ex 0301 99 90

22

Sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax): live; fresh or chilled; frozen; dried, salted or in brine, smoked; fillets and other fish meat; flours, meals and pellets, fit for human consumption

From 1 December 2006 to 31 December 2006: 20 tonnes

from 1 January to 31 December 2007 and for every year thereafter: 20 tonnes

Free

0302 69 94

 

ex 0303 77 00

10

ex 0304 10 38

85

ex 0304 10 98

79

ex 0304 20 94

60

ex 0304 90 97

84

ex 0305 10 00

40

ex 0305 30 90

80

ex 0305 49 80

50

ex 0305 59 80

67

ex 0305 69 80

67

09.1504

1604 13 11

 

Prepared or preserved sardines

Form 1 December 2006 to 31 December 2006: 100 tonnes

from 1 January to 31 December 2007 and for every year thereafter: 100 tonnes

6 %

1604 13 19

 

ex 1604 20 50

10, 19

09.1505

1604 16 00

 

Prepared or preserved anchovies

From 1 December 2006 to 31 December 2006: 1 000 tonnes

from 1 January to 31 December 2007 and for every year thereafter: 1 000 tonnes (1)

Free

1604 20 40

 


(1)  From the 1st of January 2007 the yearly volume of the quota will be increased by 200 tonnes provided that at least 80 % of the previous year's quota has been used by 31 December of that year. This mechanism will apply until such time as the yearly volume of the quota has reached 1 600 tonnes or the Parties agree to apply other arrangements.